Taco Mac and a Rotel Giveaway!

**UPDATE**  The lucky winner is comment #109!  Congratulations to Addie!  I hope you enjoy your prize!! I’m doing something very rare … I’m hosting a giveaway! If you have read my blog you know I have an ongoing, and passionate, love affair with Rotel tomatoes.  They are a pantry staple in my kitchen and I use them in all sorts of Tex-mex dishes (See my  Baked Sopes with Skirt Steak and Black Beans and Beef...

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Smoked Salmon Pasta

When you have the best ingredients you do not need to do much to make them shine. While in Seattle for IFBC I picked up some lovely Alder Smoked Salmon.  On its own it is fantastic.  One subtly smoked, tender taste had me happily handing over my cash.  Once I got it home I decided to find some fun ways to turn this delicious snack into a full blown dinner.   I was looking for something akin to my favorite smoked salmon nibble –...

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Baked Potato Salad

Last year I visited my family in Houston and while I was there I had my first taste of Baked Potato Dip.   It is a concoction of sour cream, mayonnaise, bacon bits, green onions, and cheddar cheese which is served with salty potato chips.   Overall the dip is pretty tasty and I have made something similar at home, with fresh cooked bacon in place of the bits, and everyone who has tasted it enjoyed it.  Now, let’s fast forward to...

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Blueberry Lime Fromage Blanc Tart

Ahhh, fresh blueberries! One of the best parts of spring is the arrival in the markets of fresh, plump berries.  I always get the itch to make a tart or pie with fresh berries at this time of year, and while shopping I also sampled some excellent fromage blanc.  I decided instantly that they would be perfect in a dessert together. This tart is the perfect blend of mouthwatering tang from the cheese, bright citrus flavor from the lime,...

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Chicken Enchiladas with Chipotle Sour Cream Sauce

I’ve never liked chicken enchiladas very much in Tex-Mex restaurants. The filling is mushy, the sauce is bland, and they can be a bit on the soggy side.  So, when I was thinking of recipes I could make for dinner a few nights back I wondered if I could make a chicken enchilada that I actually enjoyed.  I like a challenge so I set to work. The first change I made was to the chicken itself.  Most recipes call for shredded chicken,...

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